Plymouth Argyle came to Chapel Gate on the back of an unbeaten run that saw them defeat promotion hopefuls QPR just two weeks ago.
Reputations are to be respected but Bournemouth`s capable team fears no one and they set out their stall to have a go at Plymouth. In the early exchanges it was the reds who looked sharper and there was mayhem in the Argyle area which ended in Roe`s shot being blocked on the line.
Bournemouth`s young defence suffered a real blow when keeper, Simkin and centre back, Elliott went for the same ball and collided only to leave an empty net for Plymouth to take the lead from close range.
Yet more despair in the red n black ranks saw Tara Elliott miss her clearance completely and Argyle were let in again as a result of a defensive error and the game looked over as a contest.
Half Time: Cherries 0-2 Argyle
The half time talk was all about belief and manager, Prince asked his players to believe in themselves as much he did and although down, the mood was buoyant going out for the second half. A positive start ended as Argyle broke down the right and a foul by Roe gave the Pilgrims an opportunity to inflict further pain.
They did so as a result of poor decision making by the defensive line who appeared to be pushed up too high and the space in behind was exploited by a good delivery and hesitation on the part of Cherries keeper, Simkin.
With 40 minutes left to play, Prince replaced Neill and Carter with subs` Lanahan and Foster respectively and the whole game was turned on its head.
Lisa Langrish started to link well with Foster and Lanahan and it was as a result of some smart passing that Langrish was able to score her first league goal for the Cherries which appeared to be nothing more than consolation at that point.
That was the catalyst that Bournemouth needed and suddenly, they had players wanting the ball and working hard for each other and when Langrish received just inside the area she fooled the Argyle defender who clumsily bundled her to the ground giving referee, Cliff Platt no choice but to award the penalty and there were no complaints from the Plymouth camp.
Langrish picked herself up to take the spot kick and she smartly dispatched it into the bottom left hand corner to give the Cherries hope of a point.
The Pilgrims, who had looked composed and assured were all at sea and Bournemouth`s ability to deliver the ball into the area from distance was causing panic at the heart of the defence and when Langrish delivered a free kick from 25 yards out it was Charlie Lanahan who reacted the quickest and she drove the ball home from 6 yards to level the scores. It was such a tremendous fight back having been dead and buried just after half time and the Cherries were ecstatic.
This quickly became a game of next goal wins and both teams looked capable with Langrish creating another fine opportunity inside the area but excitement got the better of her and the shot went high and wide and at the other end, Simkin had to make a full length save when a shot from 30 yards almost caught her out but she managed to redeem herself and reacted quickest to the rebound.
This game never looked like ending in a draw and it certainly did prove to be next goal wins.
Desperate for victory to stay in touch with promotion rivals, QPR & Newquay, it was Argyle who snatched the late, late winner from a throw in. Yet again, defensive error lead to a goal-against and with just three minutes left to play, the Cherries found themselves 4-3 down and this time they had little to offer as they had given their all to turn around a 3-0 deficit.
Final Score: AFCB Ladies 3-4 Plymouth Argyle
N Prince told upthecherries.co.uk…
“My main concern now isn`t scoring; it`s the way in which we gifted 3 goals to Plymouth.
‘It`s something that we will address this week but we must view our performance positively.
‘At three nil down we made changes immediately and the message was quite simple; play your football and enjoy yourselves, don`t worry about the score! Wow! It very nearly paid off.
‘I am disappointed for the players; they showed so much belief in themselves and each other and to lose a match in that way really hurt them. I feel their disappointment and we`ll work to pick them all up at training on Tuesday.
‘They should all be as proud of themselves as I am and it`s quite clear that from now on, the only real thing to fear is our own doubt”.